Serving our communities

What we love to do

Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home.

Support

Giving dehydrated people some water to drink, helping people to get a taxi or waiting with vulnerable people Town Pastors support those in need.

Listen

We offer a listening ear whether you're upset, angry or simply want to chat.

Advice

Whether it's finding something to eat or the best way to get home, we can help.

Team

We work alongside Police, doorstaff and CCTV and with the agreement and support of District Councils to help keep our town centres safe.

Towns We Pastor

We currently operate in 10 towns in Suffolk and in Dereham, Norfolk. If you would like to know more about each scheme or to find out about becoming a Town Pastor please contact your local scheme via their website using the links below.

Things We've Done

Have You Seen Us?

You can find us across Suffolk and into Norfolk on town centre streets during Friday or Saturday evenings, depending on location, throughout the year. In addition we operate as Festival Pastors at the Latitude music festival at Henham Hall in July and at other ad hoc festivals as and when we are invited.

We like these numbers

A flavour of the work we have done through 2017-8 in Suffolk alone using statistics prepared for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

13,938 Water & Refreshments
4,714 Dangerous items removed
18,018 People we've helped
11,000 Man-Hours
Latest news

Things We're Doing

Stories from the prayer base
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Stories from the prayer base

Emma Haggar, a Prayer Partner with Ipswich Town Pastors, recounts how manning the paryer base has taught her to be more daring in her prayers.

Read her article "My bible, a town link radio and a bowl of sweets" for Network Suffolk.

Festival Pastors at Latitude 2018
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Festival Pastors at latitude 2018

With the heat turned fully up and a record crowd expected at Latitude, Festival Pastors were once again on hand with their unique brand of help and support to the festival crowds. In addition to day patrols around the campsites, night patrols in the Woods Arenas and the coolness of the café, this year saw more entertainment and engagement in the café through resident artists and musicians.  The weekend was then topped off with our first Sunday Service in front of the café tent. Mixing contemporary worship music with testimonies from the festival and prayer, this was a fitting end to our time at Latitude 2018.

Town Pastors report to Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
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Town Pastors report to Suffolk PCC warmly received

Last week (21st June 2018) Tony Hodge and Jo Copsey of Town Pastors Central made a verbal report to the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner's Accountability and Perfomance Panel in support of their formal written report to the PCC submitted earlier.  We were very warmly welcomed by the Commissioner, Tim Passmore, and senior officers from Suffolk Constabulary.  The East Anglian Daily Times were also in attendance and have published this artice on our report.

Town Pastors 2017 - New Video
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New Town PAstor Video

As part of Town Pastor Sunday, Town Pastors released a new video to share the work we do and encourage others to join in.  You can view it on our YouTube page by following this link Town Pastors 2017

Latitude Festival

Town Pastors have been present at the Latitude festival for the past 5 years under the name of Festival Pastors. Our activities include day patrolling of the camp sites and night patrols in the woods arenas; we are there for support, care and a listening ear.  Click below for further information and videos of Festival Pastors work.

Contact Us

Keep in touch

Please feel free to contact us by email or post at our registered Address.

Our address

19 Westleton Way, Felixstowe, IP11 2YG, UK

Our mail

contact [at] townpastors.org.uk

Our phone